So what’s going on around the leagues? Give a team report, ask question, etc.
Yankees: Didn’t land Lee, Pettitte retired and AJ is still expected to be our #3. So Yanks are short a starter or two. I really like Ivan Nova and think he can do a sufficient job as the 4. Freddie Garcia is a solid pickup for 5. Colon is actually looking good early and will make the fight for the last two spots interesting. Mitre has little chance and the kids, especially Manny Banuelos, Andrew Brackman, and Dellin Betances were told they would be starting in the minors. “The Killer B’s” are getting all the talk, especially lefty kid phenom Manny Banuelos. He is 19 and has great stuff but no arm strength yet to go 180+ innings is my understanding. I believe the plan is to get him to 140-160 innings this year in AA & AAA. Oddly David Phelps is a 24 year old that is ready to go as far as innings and had a great year last year in AA & AAA. But writers overlook him as his name does not start with a B I think.
The Yanks season my boil down to can AJ bounce back into a good pitcher or do they need to make a trade for a major starter by the trade deadline.
The bullpen could be spectacular. Mo is still the best, Rafael Soriano should make for a great 8th inning man. Joba looks sharp and his fastball is excellent this year. So he and David Robertson should pair really well with free agent Pedro Feliciano & Boone Logan for the left side.
The line up looks solid, they were the best last year and should remain top 3. No real changes except for catching. Russell Martin will be the starter to start and phenom Jesus Montero is likely to be the backup to start the season with Fransisco Cervelli being out up to 8 weeks with a broken toe. Jorge Posada will give them a 3rd catcher but he is the full-time DH this year. Jorge will turn 40 this year.
Boston is improved but Tampa should be less of a threat. Yanks figure to be chasing Boston. but should be looked as favorites for Wild Card.